POWER to the PEOPLE
The number of deaths of our fellow brothers and sisters by police officers keep rising. According to the Washington Post that number across America reaches a high of 986 killings in 2015 alone. “Police killed blacks at three times the rate of whites [..] And although black men represent 6 percent of the U.S. population, they made up nearly 40 percent of those who were killed while unarmed.”
Something is wrong in America, and we see too often here at home. Law enforcement offices and officials target our community at disproportionate rates, whether it is MPD, ICE, or corrupt folks in office, someone threatens our livelihood.
The Student Union Movement invites you all to attend this informational workshop to learn how to defend ourselves when dealing with law enforcement and more about how institutional oppression affects people of…
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… On Friday, hair care brand Curls brought together more than 150 women and girls of color in New York City for their inaugural Curls Girls Rule the World Empowering Entrepreneurs Luncheon and the event was indeed a powerful one. “My goal of giving young women access to resources and connections was truly realized,” Curls creator Mahisha Dellinger said of the half-day event. “Having our girls meet face-to-face with women who have and are still succeeding will empower them to live the lives they have always desired. This is only the beginning.” The beginning was having high school girls from schools throughout New York City and Yonkers connect with a number of influential business women who agreed to help these budding entrepreneurs and leaders achieve their professional dreams…
Why Don’t More Black Girls Play “White Sports”?
About 50 years after racial segregation had been outlawed in the…
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Much Thanks & Appreciation #WORDPRESS
Today we are excited to announce free HTTPS for all custom domains hosted on WordPress.com. This brings the security and performance of modern encryption to every blog and website we host.
Best of all, the changes are automatic — you won’t need to do a thing.
As the EFF points out as part of their Encrypt the Web initiative, strong encryption protects our users in various ways, including defending against surveillance of content and communications, cookie theft, account hijacking, and other web security flaws.
WordPress.com has supported encryption for sites using WordPress.com subdomains (like https://barry.wordpress.com/) since 2014. Our latest efforts now expand encryption to the million-plus custom domains (like automattic.com) hosted on WordPress.com.
The Let’s Encrypt project gave us an efficient and automated way to provide SSL certificates for a large number of domains. We launched the first batch of certificates in January 2016 and immediately starting working with Let’s Encrypt…
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Rest in UHURU
Condolences to her family & friends
Blood, Sweat & Heels Star Daisy Lewellyn Has Passed Away
Daisy Lewellyn has sadly lost her battle to cancer at age 36. As someone who was a friend, constant source of inspiration and considered a life-long member of the ESSENCE family, we are deeply saddened by this news.
Deemed the “Queen of Effortless Chic,” Lewellyn was known and loved as a style expert and TV personality with the the type of spunk, sass and smarts to back it up. The California-native’s resume reads like a whos-who of the fashion world, having held editorships at InStyle, Glamour, and of course ESSENCE — where she served as the Accessories Editor from 2006-2007.
Lewellyn also became an author in 2010 after publishing “Never Pay Retail Again: Shop Smart…
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#TeamBeautiful’s Managing Editor Allison McGevna appeared on TV One’s News One Now with Roland Martin, Richielieu Dennis and Michaela Angela Davis Thursday to discuss Shea Moisture’s powerful #BreakTheWalls campaign, which promotes the desegregation of the beauty aisle.
“It’s really the subtleties that stick with us,” Allison said on the morning show panel. “The fact that the aisles have been segregated like that is a problem. You start to feel like ‘I’m not in the same beauty category,’ especially when you’re talking about young women.”
Shea Moisture debuted their #BreakTheWalls commercial during this year’s Black Girls Rock! program, prompting discussions around beauty standards and inequality.
“We have just been conditioned to go to the corner and find our place,” a bold voice says on the video. The idea begs the question, is ethnic not beautiful?
We stand with Shea Moisture in their effort to promote Black beauty. Are you in formation?…
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Google Images Of Unprofessional Hairstyles For Work Are Only Black Women
Recently, an MBA student named Rosalia discovered something alarming: Googling “unprofessional hairstyles for work” yielded image results mainly of black women with natural hair, while searching for the “professional” ones offered pictures of coiffed, white women. Often the hair styles themselves were not vastly different — only the hair type and the wearer’s skin.
Rosalia’s tweet has since been retweeted thousands of times – more than 6,200 in the first 24 hours, she says – as her discovery sparked discussion on implicit racial biases against black people in the workplace. Can an algorithm itself be racist? Or is it only reflecting the wider social landscape?
On a basic level, Google Images primarily…
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Welp, American Idol has finally come to an end and it was a really good run they had.
Singing “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Remember The Music”, it’s hard to forget the Three Divas: Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia Barrino, and LaToya London!
Turn the pages for all the highlights from the finale episode.